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Posted by Kim Fell on Wednesday, Feb 1st, 2012.

Hononegah School Psychologist - Robert DeKeyser

School Psychologists, Mr. Robert DeKeyser, at the January Illinois School Psychologist Association conference, was named the "Ted Smith Memorial Practitioner of the Year" for the entire State of Illinois.  This is a great honor, both in the field of School Psychology in the State and a testimonial to the quality of service exhibited by Mr. Dekeyser, both as a professional school psychologist and a WCSEC employee.

Posted by Kim Fell on Thursday, Jan 12th, 2012.

Character Education Committee

Hononegah Community High School is excited to recognize the following students for their participation in the newly-formed Character Education Committee: Michael Arnold, Kaela Gardner, Zach Kentner, Chantal Hielkema, Sever Sadler, Brett Sheriff, Jon Leet, Debbie Pitts, and Carson Sedivy. The group's mission is to teach, promote, recognize and reward positive character traits. The students have created a bulletin board display to bring awareness of the new initiatives, have participated in meetings with Hononegah staff and parents, and will create a promotional video highlighting the group's efforts. Hononegah is extremely proud of the contributions and efforts of these students.

Posted by Kim Fell on Tuesday, Dec 13th, 2011.

Teacher of the Week

Mr. Hartz, math teacher at Hononegah, was presented with WREX-TV's Teacher of the Week.  He was surprised by Hannah Cannell, one of his 7th hour Trig students. 
Congratulations Mr. Hartz!

Posted by Kim Fell on Thursday, Nov 10th, 2011.

Taylor Staman Receives Award
Taylor Staman, sophomore at Hononegah, was nominated and selected for the Presidential Youth Service Awards at the 27th Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards at Forest Hills Country Club in Rockford, IL on November 8, 2011.  She was nominated by Rockford Rescue Mission for her 250 hours of volunteer service last year. 

Posted by Kim Fell on Wednesday, Nov 9th, 2011.

College Board Recognizes Students at Hononegah
On November 9, Rachel DeYoung from the AP College Board presented Hononegah with an AP Honor Roll Award. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students' performance on AP Exams.  Hononegah was one of 367 school districts in the nation placed on the College Board's 2nd Annual AP District Honor Roll for significant gains in Advanced Placement Access and Student Performance.  The Board President, administration, staff and students gathered in the PAC to receive the award.

Posted by Webmaster Admin on Tuesday, Oct 18th, 2011.

One hundred six students at Hononegah Community High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams.  About 18 percent of the nearly 1.8 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.

Pictured below are the 2011 junior recipients:

For Immediate Release
Contact: Hononegah Community High School
City, State: Rockton, IL               Date:  10/17/11

One hundred six students at Hononegah High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.9 millionstudents worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students' performance on AP Exams.

At Hononegah High School two students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, andscores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. These students are Ryan Hoffman and Andrew Johnson.

Forty-one students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.  These students are Noah Beck, Brittany Becker, Kori Black, Nikolas Candilas, Leah Cassens, Benjamin Castle, Rocky Chen, Kyle Dawson, Bianca Delgado, Alex Dunker, Tyler Earls, Stephen Erickson, Leah Givhan, Austin Graf, Ryan Hoffman, Laken Howard, Rachelle Huffman, Andrew Johnson, Bradley, Kovanda, Brandon Lawson, Emily Lutgen, Trevor Lutzow, Rachel Macdowell, Sean Malone, Kristina McClammer, Matthew McClenathan, Ettienne Montagner, Alec Mori, Madison Neece, Brianna Patterson, Dylan Rebelak, Chase Robinson, Allison Rogers, Benjamin Rohrer, Patrick Sayles, Erik Schieda, Jordan Stella, Kellie Stilson, Alexa Sughroue, Austin Tackaberry, and Robert Termuhlen.

Sixteen students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken,and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are Samantha Bartlett, Courtney Berg, Jordan Brown, Peter Finnegan, Kayla Foster, Dalton Holcomb, Andrew Johnson, Jacob Kornacker, Clayton Lewis, John Manning, Beth Morley, Nicholas Robles, Erik Stromquist, Zachary Taylor, Emily Vogelhuber, and Anson Wayman.

Forty-nine students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Mackynzie Anderson, Maxwell Anderson, Audrey Bell, Natalie Boyer, John Brady, Coral Catalano, Lauren Cyr, Bradley Dalsanto, Garrett Deporter, Mathew Diestelmeier, Colin Dodd, Nicole Dreger, Amber Gurican, Jacob Harp, Maddisson Hatton, Megan Hayes, Jarrett Heck, Eric Holmes, Ivy Hood, Kate Johnson, Whitney Johnson, Kourtney Kavajecz, James Kim, Courteny Larsen, Joshua Lindstrom, Michael Maeltzer, Mallory Massino, Lauren McElmeel, Dale Mcgirk, Zachary Miller, Lauren Momberger, Lucas Mueller, Andrew Nagus, Mark Nytko, Olivia Ohea, Genevieve Phillip, Leah Schoenberg, Katelyn Scott, Hayden Sherwood, Erin Stephens, Edward Tarbay, Samantha Wagner, Hannah Walsh, Claire Warren, Allyson Webb, Janessa Weightman, Laura Williams, and Samuel Wilson.

Of this year's award recipients at Hononegah Community High School, thirty-one are juniors:  John Brady, Jordan Brown, Coral Catalano, Bianca Delgado, Nicole Dreger, Alex Dunker, Kayla Foster, Austin Graf, Jacob Harp, Maddisson Hatton, Dalton Holcomb, Kate Johnson, Bradley Kovanda, Courtney Larsen, Trevor Lutzow, Kristina McClammer, Lauren McElmeel, Alec Mori, Mark Nytko, Olivia Ohea, Genevieve Phillips, Dylan Rebelak, Benjamin Rohrer, Nicholas Robles, Erik Schieda, Katelyn Scott, Edward Tarbay, Emily Vogelhuber, Samantha Wagner, Claire Warrne,  and Anson Wayman.  These students have at least one more year in which to complete college-level work and possibly earn a higher-level AP Scholar Award.

Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation's leading liberal arts and research institutions. More than 3,800 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more than 5,900 of the world's leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success - including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

Posted by Webmaster Admin on Tuesday, Oct 18th, 2011.


Hononegah Community High School is proud to announce that Kayla Foster, Austin Graf, and Emily Vogelhuber were honored as National Merit Semifinalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.  These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,400 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million, that will be offered next spring.

Posted by Webmaster Admin on Friday, Oct 7th, 2011.

Congratulations to Jeremy Aldrich, Math teacher, who is being inducted into Butler University's Hall of Fame for soccer.

Posted by Webmaster Admin on Wednesday, Sep 14th, 2011.

Physics Teacher Jen Grady featured in "Get To Know Me"


Posted by Webmaster Admin on Friday, Sep 9th, 2011.

Chris McElmeel was presented with a certificate recognizing her as the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Teacher of the Year at Hononegah High School.  Mrs. McElmeel has taught geometry for over 15 years at Hononegah and she is highly respected by her fellow colleagues as well as her students.

Mrs. McElmeel is most known for her genuine concern for the welfare of her students.  Over the past few years, she has helped redesign the Geometry curriculum at Hononegah and has been an active member of one of the top performing content area teams in the school.  The entire department would like to congratulate Mrs. McElmeel on this well deserved award.

Posted by Webmaster Admin on Monday, May 23rd, 2011.


Hononegah Gains National Recognition in 2011 Washington Post High School Challenge

The 2011 Washington Post High School Challenge, formerly known as the Newsweek High School Challenge, has placed Hononegah Community High School in its national rankings for the 2nd year in a row.http://apps.washingtonpost.com/highschoolchallenge

In the 2011 Challenge list, Hononegah ranked #1035 nationally out of more than 27,000 high schools-which places the school in the top 4% nationally. In the state of Illinois, Hononegah ranked #35 out of nearly 700 high schools.
The Washington Post calculates the Challenge Rankings by dividing the number of Advanced Placement Tests taken by the number of graduating seniors. The 2011 ranking is based on results from the 2009-2010 school year. The calculation, known as the Mathews Challenge Index, is used by Washington Post Columnist, Jay Mathews, to rank high schools.  On this year's Challenge Index, Hononegah scored a 1.751. A score above 1.0 is required to qualify for the list. http://apps.washingtonpost.com/highschoolchallenge/schools/2011/list/illinois-schools/hononegah-community-rockton-il/
Hononegah's high ranking on the Challenge Index reflects significant strides that have been made in the number of students taking Advanced Placement Tests. Hononegah has nearly tripled the number of students taking Advanced Placement Tests from 155 students taking 296 tests in 2008 to 497 students taking 793 tests in 2010. Despite the dramatic increase in student participation, pass rates (indicated by the number of students scoring a 3,4, or 5 on the test) have remained above 70%.

For additional information, please contact building principal, Dr. Ehren Jarrrett at 815-624-5005.





Posted by Webmaster Admin on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011.

Our 2011 Young American Winners have been announced

Click our link from the Rockford Register Star

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Posted by Webmaster Admin on Tuesday, Mar 29th, 2011.

Congratulations to Susan Bohn on the nomination by our School District for consideration of the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award.  This award was presented by the Rockton Chamber of Commerce on Friday March 18, 2011 at the Annual Gala & Awards Ceremony.

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Posted by Webmaster Admin on Friday, Mar 18th, 2011.

Illinois Principal's Association Garrett Gusloff and Lexi Sughroue have earned student leadership awards from the Illinois Principals' Association.

The Illinois Principals' Association Student Leadership Award recognizes, "tomorrow's leaders today" at the annual breakfast on April 19, 2011.

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Posted by Webmaster Admin on Monday, Jan 10th, 2011.

Illinois State Scholars

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) recognized 17,335 students from 749 different high schools from across the state as 2011-12 Illinois State Scholars.  The Hononegah High School Class of 2011 had 81 Illinois State Scholars giving Hononegah the most Illinois State Scholars in Winnebago County.

Illinois State Scholar Winners rank in the top ten percent of high school seniors.  Selection is based on scoring on the top-5% of Illinois students on the ACT and being ranked in the top half of the class at the end of the junior year.

The following students were recognized and congratulated by Dr. Ehren Jarrett on January 6, in the PAC.

Altamore, Ignazina
Anderson, Maxwell
Bartlett, Samantha
Beck, Noah
Becker, Brittany
Bell, Audrey
Berg, Courtney
Black, Kori
Blair, Christopher
Bode, Heather
Campbell, Catherine
Carrington, Erica
Cassens, Leah
Castle, Benjamin
Cazel, Travis
Chen, Rocky
Christians, Scott
Cox, Brittney
Curran, Ryan
Dalsanto, Bradley
Dawson, Kyle
Deporter, Garrett
Diestelmeier, Matthew
Dodd, Colin
Driussi, Rachael
Earls, Tyler
Erickson, Stephan
Finnegan, Peter
Givhan, Leah
Gurican, Amber
Gusloff, Garrett
Hayes, Megan
Heck, Jarrett
Hoffman, Ryan

Rogers, Allison
Rogowski, Alissa
Sayles, Patrick
Schoenberg, Leah
Sierotnik, Karolina
Hood, Ivy
Howard, Laken
Huffman, Rachelle
Hyle, Adam
Johnson, Andrew
Johnson, Andrew
Kapp, Ronald
Kavajecz, Kourtney
Kim, James
Kornacker, Jacob
Lewis, Clayton
Liles, Mary
Lindstrom, Joshua
Lutgen, Emily
Macdowell, Rachel
Maeltzer, Michael
Malone, Sean
Manning, John
Massino, Mallory
McClenathan, Matthew
McCormack, Robert
Miller, Zachary
Momberger, Lauren
Morley, Beth
Nagus, Andrew
Neece, Madison
Patterson, Brianna
Prada, Agnes
Rehfeldt, Alexandria

Stella, Jordan
Stilson, Kellie
Sughroue, Alexa
Tackaberry, Austin
Taylor, Zak
Termuhlen, Robert
Wallace, Victor
Walsh, Hannah
Walz, Melissa
Waterstreet, Wade
Webb, Allyson
Wilson, Samuel


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Posted by Webmaster Admin on Monday, Jan 3rd, 2011.
Three Hononegah teachers are among the 20 semi-finalists for the 2011 Golden Apple Award.
Ms. Kasey Keating and Ms. Gretchen Fillweber from the English department along with Dr. Ann Reynolds from Health were named semi-finalists. The 5 Golden Apple Award winners will be selected from the 20 semi-finalists.
Posted by Webmaster Admin on Friday, Dec 17th, 2010.

 National Board Certification

Three Hononegah teachers achieved National Board Certification. 

Gretchen Fillweber - English
Jackie Weber - special education
Cheryl Schaffner - social studies

This increased the total of National Board certified teachers at Hononegah to eleven.
The National Board's website www.nbpts.org describes the rigorous process required to achieve certification:

National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential. It complements, but does not replace, a state's teacher license. It is valid for 10 years, and renewal candidates must begin the renewal process during their eighth or ninth years as NBCTs. National Board Certification is achieved upon successful completion of a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to do. National Board Certification is available nationwide for most preK-12 teachers.  As part of the certification process, candidates complete 10 assessments that are reviewed by trained teachers in their certificate areas. The assessments include four portfolio entries that feature teaching practice and six constructed response exercises that assess content knowledge.

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Posted by Webmaster Admin on Thursday, Dec 16th, 2010.

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Of the over 500 Golden Apple nominated teachers from grades 6-12 in Winnebago and Boone County, 42 of the nominees were from Hononegah Community High School.

About the Golden Apple Process: (courtesy of http://www.goldenappleofrockford.com)
The nomination is the first stage of a search for teachers who represent excellence in middle school and high school teaching in Winnebago and Boone County. Nominees with 5 years of teaching experience who are currently teaching full time in a 6th-12th grade classroom are encouraged to respond to their nomination by taking the next step in the awards process which includes a self reflective essay, and letters of recommendation. A selection committee will complete a review of the teacher's professional portfolios and 20 teachers will be chosen to continue in the process of classroom observations and interviews, which are conducted by community volunteers. Five teachers will be selected to receive the Golden Apple Award and will be honored at the 15th Annual Excellence in Education Banquet at the Radisson Hotel in May. Each of the Golden Apple Teachers will receive a cash award, a professional development stipend, a Rockford College Scholarship, a laptop computer, computer software, a classroom computer, and will be inducted into the Golden Apple Teacher Academy.



2010-11 Golden Apple Nominees from Hononegah Community High School:  

Melissa Angeles

John Baggiore

Brad Bond

Brian Brown

Mary Christoff

Brett Erxleben

Gretchen Fillweber

Jane Frailey

Jennifer Grady

Alex Hartz

Sue Hays

Harrison Hearne

Bill Heller

Cathy Hoffman

Amy Jensen

Kasey Keating

Eric Koning

Jeremiah Kramper

Mike Lawyer

Chris McElmeel

Mike Miller

Kerry Muldowney

Jennifer Multhauf

Christy Nuemer

Heather Plourde

Michael Plourde

Tom Polaski

Ann Reynolds

Tom Reynolds

William Rose

James Sabathne

Cheryl Schaffner

Maureen Schnaper

Adam Smith

Chad Smith

Jeff Smith

Kristy Topalovich

Arra Van Galder

Teresa Weightman-Moore

Beth Zimmerman

Brian Zimmerman

Posted by Webmaster Admin on Friday, Oct 22nd, 2010.

Congratulations to Michael Plourde for winning the 2010-2011 Those Who Excel award as Early Career Educator.  Michael Plourde's belief in his students is palpable when you enter his class and see students who are engaged, attentive and participating.  One of Michael's greatest strengths is his ability to encourage and support students to achieve their highest potential.  He is particularly skilled at reaching students who have given up on themselves.  Michael's patience helps students believe in themselves and make positive changes that instills confidence in students who truly didn't believe they were capable of anything but failure!
Melissa Angeles was recognized as one of eight finalist for the ISBE Teacher of the Year Award. Melissa is in her ninth year of teaching science.  Described as a passionate teacher, committed to helping her students learn, Melissa is also an excellent leader and role model for students and colleagues.  She credits her success as a teacher to her parents and their unwavering belief in her ability to do anything she put her mind to.  We are glad she put her mind to teaching!

The ISBE Award of Recognition also went to Jerold Aubry for Educational Service Personnel.Award PhotoAward Photo 2 

Posted by Webmaster Admin on Wednesday, Sep 22nd, 2010.

Ryan Hoffman was named a Commended Student in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Attached is the letter received from the program that was distributed as a press release. Congratulations Ryan.SchoolCenter Picture

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